Written answers

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

  • Department for Transport

    • Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the recommendations in the report by Sustainable Aviation on Sustainable Fuels UK Roadmap, published in...

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many licence applications to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency have taken (a) up to 30 days, (b) up to 60 days, (c) up to 90 days, (d) up to...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which (a) individuals, (b) companies and (c) other organisations receive Christmas cards from his Department.

      Air Misses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidents involving near misses have been reported in UK airspace in each of the last five years.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a comparative assessment of average punctuality performance on (a) the West Anglia rail route and (b) other rail franchise routes.

      Shipping: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage the recruitment of new officer recruits into the Merchant Navy; and if he will make a statement.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) establishment and (b) actual strength of the Merchant Navy Reserve was on 1 April in each of the last 15 years for which figures are...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Merchant Navy officer cadets (a) began and (b) completed training in each of the last 15 years for which figures are available.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what inspections have been completed on garages performing MOT tests relating to diesel particulate filters since 26 October 2014.

  • Department for Communities and Local Government

    • Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what further steps his Department has taken to help local authorities execute their responsibilities in relation to plan-making...

    • Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's guidelines issued to local authorities on dealing with...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the sufficiency of Traveller sites in England.

      Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department spent on works to, and refurbishment of, offices allocated to Ministers in the last 12 months.

      Housing: Morecambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funds from his Department, including legal fees, have been paid by Lancaster City Council for the purchase of privately...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department from the Q&A system in the (a) 12 months and (b) five years...

      Recycling: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with Brighton and Hove City Council on the recycling rate for household waste; and if he...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities to ensure they understand their powers to remove unauthorised encampments.

      Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has for a successor scheme to the Affordable Homes Programme.

      Housing Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations his Department has received on the effect of changes to rules regulating domestic extensions introduced in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on corruption in EULEX Kosovo.

    • Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which (a) individuals, (b) companies and (c) other organisations receive Christmas cards from his Department.

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its policies of the reasons advanced by the Swedish government...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contribution the Government is making to international efforts to ensure that people involved in the olive harvest in the...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the causes and consequences of recent unrest in East Jerusalem.

      Children: Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance overseas posts provide to UK nationals who are seeking the return of their child from a country that is not...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of efforts to form an inclusive government in Iraq; and if he will make a...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the initiative to host a conference in Moscow of representatives of the Syrian regime and...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consular visits have been made to Andargachew Tsege in prison in Ethiopia; and what reports he has received on the state...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the implementation of the Rome statute...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the savings to her Department from the Q&A system in the (a) 12 months and (b) five years since 4 June 2014;...

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what contingency arrangements his Department has reached with HM Treasury on meeting the cost of the expansion of student...

    • UK Trade and Investment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses in the West Midlands have received support from UK Trade and Investment in each of the last five years.

      Scottish Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress has been made on implementing the findings of the original report compiled by the Office of Fair Trading and...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the £60 million of funding for the National Nuclear Users Facility announced in the Autumn Statement will be used for.

      Students: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many degree students were supported by employers in the most recent year for which figures are available; and in how many...

  • Department for International Development

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last...

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the savings to her Department from the Q&A system in the (a) 12 months and (b) five years since 4...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the contribution of 11 December 2014 by the Minister of State for International Development, Official Report, column...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether any of the projects within (a) the Strengthening Humanitarian Preparedness in High Risk Contexts programme and (b) other...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the projects undertaken within the Strengthening Humanitarian Preparedness in High Risk Contexts programme based in...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Strengthening Humanitarian Preparedness in High Risk Contexts programme in directly...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what interventions other than the Strengthening Humanitarian Preparedness in High Risk Contexts programme her Department has funded...

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has offered to the Filipino government following Typhoon Hagupit.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will consider funding non-UNHCR programmes that support trafficked and abused North Korean women in China.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department gives to the Afghan government to promote educational opportunities among women and girls in Afghanistan.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 3 November from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding has been provided by her Department or indirectly through other organisations which may have been used to support China's...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Altcourse Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many financial penalties G4S has been issued with for failures in its performance standards at HM Prison Altcourse; what the reasons for those...

    • Email: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for organising online phishing scams in each of the last five years.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many specialist domestic violence courts have closed since 2010.

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many tenders from G4S for contracts let by his Department were successful in each year since May 2010; how much his Department paid to G4S for the...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prison officers, (b) prison governors and (c) other members of staff were assaulted in the course of their work in each of the last four years.

      Courts: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on the refurbishment of court buildings in each of the last four years.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department from the Q&A system in the (a) 12 months and (b) five years since 4 June 2014; what...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications of the ruling of the High Court in the case of R (on the application of Tony Whitshon) v Secretary of...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which (a) individuals, (b) companies and (c) other organisations receive Christmas cards from his Department.

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on clerical agency staff in each month since July 2014.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of proposed changes to the EU Regulation on Data Protection on pancreatic cancer research in the UK.

      Domestic Violence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the prescribed time period of evidence relating to legal aid funding of domestic violence cases refers to the time of the first application or...

      Criminal Proceedings: Advocacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the future of criminal advocacy and the implementation of the recommendations of the Jeffrey Report.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has received about delays in the national security vetting process.

    • Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on (a) taxis, (b) first class train tickets and (c) business class air travel in each of the last five years.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was in 2013-14 of maintaining the facilities at (a) AFC Harrogate, (b) ATR Lichfield, (c) ITC Catterick, (d) ATR...

      RFA Arugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many beds on RFA Argus are in use; and how many patients have been treated on board that ship since her arrival in Sierra Leone.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's document entitled Combined Seapower: A Shared Vision for Royal Navy-United States Cooperation.

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the (a) Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and (b) 2 Close Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers to relocate to the...

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what items of infrastructure have been (a) commissioned for installation and (b) installed at RAF Leuchars in preparation of the arrival of Army units...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page 3 of his Department's document, Universal Credit National Expansion, published on 9 December 2014, what steps his...

    • Social Security Benefits: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on amendments required to EU law to limit the access of migrants to national...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Horses: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward proposals to amend restrictions on entry to the UK by animals to enable competition horses from...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been returned to France under the Dublin Convention in each year since 2010.

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on (a) consultants, (b) temporary staff and (c) contingent labour in each of the last five years; how many...

      G4S and Serco

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many tenders from (a) Serco and (b) G4S for contracts let by her Department have been successful in each year since May 2010; how much...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what comparative assessment she has made of the drug-induced mortality rate in (a) Sweden, (b) Portugal and (c) the UK.

      Temporary Exclusion Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK nationals she estimates are overseas and would potentially be subject to temporary exclusion orders.

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any officials of her Department, British officials acting on behalf of the Government, or British diplomats in the US requested that...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of Prevent strategy funding will be used in (a) schools, (b) colleges and (c) universities in the next financial year.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding the Government has allocated to the Prevent strategy for (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to increase the number of front-line staff employed to work at the UK border.

      Mediterranean Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to seek a reduction in the incidence of deaths among refugees crossing the Mediterranean by boat.

  • Wales Office

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department from the Q&A system in the (a) 12 months and (b) five years since 4 June 2014; what...

  • HM Treasury

    • Unpaid Taxes: Northern Ireland

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate HM Revenue and Customs has made of the value of uncollected tax in Northern Ireland.

    • Fraud

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) financial error in (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) its non-departmental...

      EU Institutions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the European Commission on budgetary prudence with regards to EU staff pay and pensions.

      Small Businesses: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential of the changes which come into force on 1 January 2015 on VAT rules for small and micro businesses...

      Small Businesses: VAT

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with small and medium-sized businesses which are likely to be affected by the introduction of VAT mini one stop shop...

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much he forecasts will accrue to the Exchequer from (a) the Carbon Price Floor and (b) the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in each of the next six years.

  • Department for Energy and Climate Change

    • Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if he will publish the full terms of reference of his Department's review of wind turbine noise.

    • Green Deal Scheme: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the possibility of making the Green Deal Home...

      Fossil Fuels: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what constraints there are on the carbon emissions of fossil fuel plant falling beneath the 20MW threshold.

      Fossil Fuels: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2014 to Question 212486, when he expects the assessment of the applications received under the...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department from the Q&A system in the (a) 12 months and (b) five years since 4 June 2014; what...

    • Minimum Wage

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2014 to Question 218189, how many people in each (a) constituency and (b) local authority were workers paid less...

      Voluntary Work: Crawley

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has for the National Citizen Service in Crawley constituency.

  • Department for Culture Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the access entitlements of communications providers under the Electronic...

    • Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department plans to take forward proposals from the Law Commission on the wayleaves regime and Electronic Communications Code.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to implement proposals from the Law Commission to reform the Electronic Communications Code by introducing red book...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of funding of Phase 2 broadband contracts which has come from the private sector in...

      Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what government schemes are targeted at reaching the final five per cent in addition to the Rural Community Broadband Fund and the fund...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department from the Q&A system in the (a) 12 months and (b) five years since 4 June...

      Horse Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received on the future funding for racing; and if he will make a statement.

      Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 December 2014 to Question 217271, which National Audit Office report was discussed at the Audit and Risk...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which (a) individuals, (b) companies and (c) other organisations receive Christmas cards from his Department.

      Rugby: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the all-Ireland bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has received any representations asking him to intervene in the BBC's decision to broadcast the short story, The...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Robert Rogers

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, when the Commission was first informed of the ennoblement of Sir Robert Rogers; and...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2014 to Question 216807, what proportion of students who initiated an online registration failed to finish that...

    • Local Enterprise Partnerships: Brighton

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the economic effect of the Brighton and Hove City Deal.

      Politics and Government: Public Participation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what steps he is taking to encourage more people to participate in the democratic process.

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, If he will implement an initiative similar to that in Northern Ireland for registering young voters through schools throughout the UK.

      Devolution: South West

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what plans he has to further devolve powers to the South West.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when the Government will report on the findings of the pilot scheme allowing councils to use DVLA data to match voters during the transition to individual...

      Economic Growth: North of England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress he has made on the Northern Futures project.

  • Department of Health

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on the use of external consultants to advise on the governance of the NHS in the last 12 months.

    • Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2014 to Question 216568, what discussions his Department had with patient groups other than Breast Cancer Campaign,...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on out-of-hours services in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each of the last five years.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the savings to his Department from the Q&A system in the (a) 12 months and (b) five years since 4 June 2014; what...

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contact NHS England had with the Renal Association and the British Renal Society on commissioning of dialysis services before putting forward its...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2014 to Question 216036, if he will place in the Library data tables from the Care Quality Commission's bespoke...

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2014 to Question 216642, whether the data requested is available in another format.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides on sharing population data across local agencies for the purposes of planning autism services to (a) local...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NHS England to publish an updated service specification for hepatitis C services.

      General Dental Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the General Dental Council addresses concerns expressed about its performance by local dental committees.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to implement the new draft guidelines for type 1 and type 2 diabetes produced by NICE.

      Ebola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2014 to Question 217522, whether the jobs of all NHS workers that are deployed to Ebola-affected regions are kept...

      Ambulance Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria are used by the North West Ambulance Service to define whether a patient is an emergency case.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 16 December (HL Deb, col 103), that “noble Lords around the House will form their own conclusions on the...

    • Academies: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tribunal appeals there have been in relation to (1) academy schools’ admission processes for Special Educational Needs (SEN), and (2) academy...

      Academies: Special Educational Needs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints they have received regarding (1) the admission decisions in relation to children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), and (2) the...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many doctor and nursing vacancies there were in emergency medicine in 2012, 2013 and 2014. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many general...

      Aggregates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the availability of aggregates for the construction industry.

      Aggregates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the United Kingdom aggregates industry can compete fairly against overseas suppliers.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence-based analysis they have conducted to establish the vulnerability of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers to modern submarine threats....

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision of five states in the United States to ban the sale of Palcahol.

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with partners in the Responsibility Deal about the import, production and sale in the United Kingdom of Palcahol and its...

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will report the results of the Chief Medical Officer's review of the unit measuring system for alcoholic drinks.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how HM Revenue and Customs classify powdered alcohol for tax purposes.

      Ambulance Services: City of Westminster

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 5 December (HL3203), why the percentage of ambulances arriving within the target response time of the London...

      Anguilla

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to provide assistance to Anguilla to improve air access in order to enhance its ability to develop the local economy through tourism.

      Anguilla

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the scale of corruption in Anguilla; and what measures they intend to take to counter it.

      Anguilla

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have given to Anguilla in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the annual progress report on the United Kingdom 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy, how they plan to handle newly launched or...

      Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered excluding newly launched antibiotics or soon-to-be launched antibiotics from the payment-by-results tariff.

      Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what alternative pricing and reimbursement arrangements they are considering for newly launched or soon-to-be launched antibiotics in advance of the...

      Antibiotics

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of the triennial review into the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and ongoing discussions relating to the institute's...

      Antisubmarine Warfare

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the United Kingdom’s anti-submarine detection capability is adequate to meet current threat levels.

      Armed Forces: Lagos

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they provide to Members of Parliament regarding the use of the United Kingdom Armed Forces logos in political literature.

      Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what improvements to the procedures of the Detained Fast Track for the better protection of applicants they have introduced since the decision of the High...

      Asylum: Homosexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report in The Guardian on 8 February, what steps they are taking to ensure that homosexual asylum seekers are not asked...

      Asylum: Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Syrian refugees are expected to resettle in the United Kingdom via the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme in the next three months, the...

      Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have been held with NHS England about the formulation of the draft statutory guidance implementing the adult autism strategy in the light of...

      Azerbaijan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Azerbaijan with regard to the alleged forcible closure of mosques there, including the Fatima...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the total cost of establishing a new naval base in Bahrain.

      Bank Cards

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of retailers who are seeking to pass on the merchant charges to their customers when they pay for goods or services using debit or...

      Banks: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to strip traders who disregard banking standards, such as by engaging in insider trading, of any bonuses they may have received.

      BBC World Service: North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Chairman of the BBC and the Director General of BBC World Service about investigating ways in which BBC World Service...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of concerns regarding the recently published guidance for local authorities in England on the Blue Badge Scheme.

      Boko Haram

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the main source of Boko Haram's weapons; and what is their assessment of the strategy adopted by the government of Nigeria in...

      British Council

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to raise awareness of the work of the British Council, and the Erasmus+ scheme.

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people took the Life in the United Kingdom citizenship test in each month from January 2013 until November 2014 inclusive.

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have taken the Life in the United Kingdom citizenship test for a second time after passing the test previously because they lost the...

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Life in the United Kingdom citizenship tests were taken and were passed in Welsh and in Scots Gaelic in each year since 2005.

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why in England applicants have been unable to sit the Life in the United Kingdom citizenship test in Welsh or Scots Gaelic since 2013.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what rules govern the ability of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories to raise finance from the private sector and from international governments and...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of unemployment and poverty levels in the Overseas Territories.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of illicit jade and drug trading in Burma and the actions of the government of that country in respect of tackling the trade...

      Cannabis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in regard to the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what adjustment they intend to make to the £23,250 non-housing capital asset limit for the deferred payment scheme when the capital limit for...

      Central African Republic

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the new International Criminal Court investigation into the situation in the Central African Republic.

      China

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what help they are providing to Uighur refugees.

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with NHS England regarding delays in the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group's consideration of specialised treatments and the...

      Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group operates in a transparent manner. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how...

      Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on creating the coastal path in England.

      Congenital Abnormalities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many births have been affected by neural tube defects in the past five years. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pregnancies have been...

      Construction: Recruitment

      to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the levels of employment in the construction industry, what plans they have to enhance opportunities for school leavers intending to enter...

      Convention on the Control and Marking of Articles of Precious Metals

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Hallmarking Convention in protecting the British precious metals industry.

      Co-operatives

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration have they given to moving the legislative function for co-operative and community benefit societies from HM Treasury to the Department for...

      Corporation Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish impact and risk assessments on the devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland.

      Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the performance of Trading Standards in the United Kingdom in securing convictions for (1) the production, (2) the sale, (3) the distribution,...

      Credit Rating

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had talks with the credit rating agencies with a view to restoring the United Kingdom’s AAA credit rating.

      Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 27 November (HL3031), whether they consider that parents who learn that their children are being taught by a...

      Cycling England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the annual budget of Cycling England in 2010/11 or the last financial year for which figures are available.

      Cycling: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual Bikeability budget for the current and next financial year.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which platforms they expect will be able to fill any capability gaps at an acceptable level of technical risk following the 2015 Strategic Defence and...

      Developing Countries: Trade

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that trade is understood to have a role in facilitating the post–2015 development objectives.

      Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps National Health Service clinical commissioning groups have taken to investigate the reported progress of recent research in the United States...

      Directors: Equal Opportunities

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have in place to monitor the diversity of (1) Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, and (2) LGBT, persons serving as directors of public companies.

      Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the process by which NHS England makes decisions on whether to support the funding of treatments for rare diseases.

      Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria have been established by NHS England to guide the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group in its evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of treatments...

      Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what budget NHS England has established to fund treatments for rare diseases.

      Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the potential cost of treatments for rare diseases over the next five years.

      Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the process by which NHS England makes decisions on whether to support the funding of (1) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)...

      Diseases

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what prioritisation criteria are used by NHS England to commission approved treatments for rare diseases.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 November (HL Deb, col 772), when the national oversight group chaired by the Home Secretary will...

      Educational Exchanges

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans formally to recognise international high school exchanges.

      Elizabeth Cross

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions the Queen Elizabeth Cross and Scroll has been posthumously awarded to former soldiers whose death was not the result of being killed in...

      Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many foreign states and commonwealth countries have embassies, High Commissions or other diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom.

      Energy

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of local authorities setting up energy companies to provide cheaper energy to their residents.

      Entry Clearances: Nepal

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to Written Answer by Lord Bates on 8 December (HL3326), whether the staff who actually carry out the application reviews for entry clearance...

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of refugees and displaced people who have left Eritrea over the past twelve months; what they consider to be the factors...

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether negotiations are taking place with the government of Eritrea about the number of refugees from that country coming to the European Union and, in...

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether human rights issues will remain a firm condition for the granting of development aid to the Government of Eritrea.

      Eritrea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consideration has been given to changing European Union policies on Eritrea as part of an attempt to reduce the number of refugees from that country.

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their present projection of the United Kingdom's gross and net contributions to the European Union budget for the whole of the seven year budget...

      European Arrest Warrants

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the European Arrest Warrant on the application of habeas corpus.

      European Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the statement on 10 December by the President of the Court of Justice of the European Union that “The European Commission is...

      European Protection Orders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to implement the European Protection Order (EU Directive 2011/99/EU) that requires member states to introduce procedures whereby the victims...

      European Union

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the electorate in a referendum on a new European Union treaty or an amendment to an existing treaty will include electors registered in Gibraltar.

      Exclusion Orders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 15 December (HL3642), whether they consider the public advocacy of rape to be a ground for excluding a...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are resourcing the provision of training and education in communities in the United Kingdom in which female genital mutilation is practised.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure better co-ordination of guidance given to medical practitioners, teachers, and faith leaders on reporting and protecting girls from...

      Flour

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total annual cost of the fortification of flour; and whether this cost is shared with the devolved administrations.

      Forced Marriage Protection Orders

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for a Forced Marriage Protection Order have been made since the coming into force of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007;...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what success has thus far been achieved by the Regeneration Investment Organisation in securing investment from overseas investors for projects in (1)...

      Free Schools: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications to establish a free school with a focus on inclusion of disabled learners, with or without Special Educational Needs, have been agreed...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect of the cost of fuel on the well-being of older people.

      Future of the Home Care Workforce Commission

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to the assessment of the standards of domiciliary care in the report from the Burstow Commission on the future of the home care...

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to ensure that general practitioner risk data are correct.

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the withdrawal of Personal Medical Services payments on practices with a large number of deprived patients.

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the proposed changes to the funding formula for general practices take account of the pressures on practices with a high level of deprivation amongst...

      General Practitioners

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the account NHS England takes in its approach to the deregistering of “ghost” patients of those general...

      General Practitioners: Peterborough

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis they have undertaken of the impact of the phasing out of Personal Medical Services payments on the viability of the Millfield Medical Centre,...

      Gibraltar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how old are the two Royal Navy vessels providing security in British waters at Gibraltar; what is their maximum potential speed in knots; and what is the...

      Government Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 13 January (HL Deb, cols 19–20), what progress they have made in fulfilling their commitments...

      Government Departments: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the Government Employee Pension liability.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update the table in the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 10 January 2012 (HL14312) showing how many members of Home Office staff have been...

      Health: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to evaluate the NHS Check programme.

      Hearing Impairment: Children

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they are currently making available to parents of deaf children about the quality of paediatric audiology services. To ask Her...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students (1) from the United Kingdom, and (2) from other countries, were admitted to Higher Education Institutions in England for each of the five...

      HIV Infection

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans are in place for the national HIV prevention programme beyond April 2016.

      Honour Based Violence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure uniform police reporting, in forces across the United Kingdom, of honour killings. To ask Her Majesty’s Government...

      House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been (1) the expenditure, and (2) the profit or deficit, for the years 2012–13 and 2013–14 of each catering outlet in the House of Lords.

      Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will encourage the personalisation of oxygen services specifically for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and ensure that users are...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 5 December (HL3055), whether they have published an impact assessment on the fiscal impact of immigration...

      Immigration: Poland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 2 December (HL3119), which department would have the authority to carry out an assessment of the contribution...

      Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the 2013 calendar year, what was the split of the total imports of goods from outside the European Union, between (1) industrial goods, and (2) processed...

      Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the 2013 calendar year, what was the aggregate value of imports of goods from outside the European Union on which HM Revenue and Customs charged a...

      Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the 2013 calendar year, what was the aggregate value of imports of goods from outside the European Union on which HM Revenue and Customs effectively...

      Imports

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 28 May 2012 (WA 112–3), what were the top 20 categories (as defined by HM Revenue and Customs) of...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 3 December 2013 (WA 36) and 3 December 2014 (HL3158), which were the relevant experts or international...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 15 December (HL3301), how many foetal reductions performed following in vitro fertilisation over the past...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 15 December (HL3302), how exhaustively the POLG gene at chromosomal locus 15q25 has been sequenced in all...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 30 October 2013 (WA 259), 26 November 2013 (WA 263), 3 December 2013 (WA 36), 3 December 2014 (HL3158) and 16...

      Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the increases in income tax personal allowance have had an impact on the data on income levels available to them; and if so, what action they intend...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent attacks on religious minorities in India, notably Christians; and when they next intend to raise this issue with...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the reports of an attack on 13 December by Hindu radicals on a Christian pastor and his church members singing Christmas carols...

      India

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to, or discussions they have had with, the government of India regarding freedom of religion or belief in that country...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Public Health England’s recommendation that children and adults with a learning disability should...

      Internment: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of allegations that information on alleged torture by United Kingdom forces in Northern Ireland was withheld from the European Court...

      Internment: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the request made to the European Court on Human Rights by the government of the Republic of Ireland for a review of the 1978...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the appointment of General Eisenkot as Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Force; and what discussions they have had with...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning (1) the arrest of fishermen on 6 December, (2) reported targeting of fishing boats...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Israel's proposed “nation-state” bill.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning reports of the Israeli Civil Administration’s confiscation of wet weather...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the harmony rules for RAF personnel serving in the new F35B squadrons will be brought into line with their Royal Navy equivalents.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the primary factor in the choice of F35B variant as the United Kingdom’s new attack aircraft was the requirement for the aircraft to be...

      Jordan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any additional plans to provide further support to the government of Jordan to assist with displaced Syrian refugees.

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the evidence provided by Human Rights Watch in respect of the availability of justice for those who experienced mass killings and...

      Learning Disability and Autism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in working with Health Education England, Skills for Health and partners to develop a national workforce academy to improve the...

      Learning Disability: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address variations in uptake and quality of annual health checks for people with a learning disability.

      Learning Disability: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that every acute hospital employs a learning disability liaison nurse.

      Leasehold

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the division of responsibilities in leasehold property between (1) lead lessees, (2) landlords, and (3) long-term residents who are either tenants or...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose a resolution of the United Nations Security Council following the referral to that body by the International Criminal Court of the...

      Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the size of peer-to-peer consumer and business finance. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to regulate the...

      Loans

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had any discussions with the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority about whether to allow the securitisation of peer-to-peer...

      Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the arrangements for the government of the Republic of Ireland to repay loans provided during the recent banking crisis. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Malaysia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of the ill-treatment and death of North Korean workers at a mine in Sarawak; and whether they have raised those...

      Marine Protected Areas

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Marine Protected Areas will be established around the coast of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland during each year from 2015 to 2020; what...

      Mass Media: Competition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that there is a diverse range of independent news media voices across all platforms.

      Medicine: Postgraduate Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) Masters students, and (2) PhD students were supported via the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in nursing or allied care...

      Medicine: Postgraduate Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) Masters students, and (2) PhD students were supported via the Department of Health in nursing or allied care disciplines in each of the last...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to determine how the legal requirement in relation to parity of esteem is to be followed by NHS England. To ask Her Majesty’s...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms they have set up to consider complaints from patients who consider that parity of esteem has not been established in relation to their own...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people experiencing mental health problems, including those with an additional learning disability, do not have to...

      Mental Illness: Police Custody

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to eliminate the use of police cells as a place of safety for children and adults experiencing a mental health crisis.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Faulks on 9 December (HL Deb, col 1710), what evidence they have for the assertion that a lack of good research proposals is...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they assess the effectiveness of the various United Nations agencies trying to meet the urgent needs of refugees and displaced people in northern Iraq...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they are giving to negotiations for a ceasefire in Gaza.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take regarding Israel’s occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to protect the viability of the two state solution, in the light of Israel’s plans on settlement expansions.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of civilian casualties caused by air strikes against ISIS by Western forces.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the treatment of homosexuals in Middle East countries, in particular in (1) Israel, (2) the Palestinian Territories, and (3) Gaza.

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to protect the viability of the two-state solution, in the light of the statement by the Hamas leadership on 14 December that...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long they estimate it will take to procure an armed long-range anti-submarine warfare and maritime surveillance capability, based on a manned aircraft,...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Air ISTAR Optimisation Study included any evidence-based analysis of any capability gap left by the scrapping of the Nimrod replacement programme.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis has been conducted to establish the potential systems and cost benefits of including a long-range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what platforms they consider could fill any anti-submarine warfare manned aircraft gap at an acceptable level of technical risk within the timeframe...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many visits were made to employers in each year from 2010 to 2013 and in the first nine months of 2014 to check that the minimum wage was being properly...

      Money Laundering: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress of current negotiations on the proposed 4th European Union Directive on money laundering as regards risk...

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have withdrawn approval of the drug Translarna, introduced for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, despite the preliminary results...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many additional part-time workers, by gender, currently earning between £3,000 a year and the current lower earnings limit they estimate would, by...

      Naturalisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applicants for naturalisation demonstrated satisfactory knowledge of the English language because they had obtained an academic qualification (not...

      Naturalisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an applicant for naturalisation is exempt from satisfying the English language requirement if the applicant can prove a knowledge of Welsh or Scots...

      Neurology

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to respond to the survey of Acute Neurology Services issued by the Association of British Neurologists in December; and what action they...

      New Towns

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how their plans for new Garden Cities differ in comparison to the original concept.

      NHS England

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of staff employed by NHS England, their grades and their total cost.

      NHS England Specialised Commissioning Task Force

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the full terms of reference of the NHS England specialised commissioning task force review, particularly in respect of its work...

      NHS England Specialised Commissioning Task Force

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the NHS England specialised commissioning task force will take into account the outcome of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been paid out by the National Health Service in settlement of clinical negligence claims both in absolute terms and as a percentage of the NHS...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to bring forward proposals to enable small businesses to claim a rates reduction to help them retain staff.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of disabled people in North Korea.

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the safety of the families of North Korean refugees who remain in North Korea was considered before the United Kingdom designated South Korea as a...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Foreign and Commonwealth Office-funded organisations in North Korea pay their in-country partners in North Korean Won or in foreign currency; and how...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what anti-bribery measures are in place for Foreign and Commonwealth Office-funded organisations working in North Korea in the light of the assessment in...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (214687) on 21 November, how many North Korean citizens were...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what change will be delivered in North Korea by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office-funded Thomson Foundation project "Inside Out: Working in North Korea to...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that sufficient progress was made at the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference; and what progress they can report on...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take give a political lead at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference to be held from 28 April to 9 May 2015 in New York,...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priorities they identified at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty preparatory committee earlier this year that they will pursue at the Nuclear...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they hope to make on Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty next year; and what obstacles they anticipate.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what positive outcomes they can report from the 3rd International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons which they attended in Vienna.

      Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students graduated as registered nurses in each of the years from 2010 to 2014.

      Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many registered nurses were enlisted on the General Medical Council register in each of the years from 2010 to 2014.

      Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many registered nurses were employed by the National Health Service in each of the years from 2010 to 2014.

      Nurses: North East

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address any shortage of nurses in the North East of England; and whether they have considered the implications of the possible...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of training a graduate registered nurse, including on-costs and the student bursary.

      Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 November (HL2579), which eight supermarkets are currently signed up to the calorie reduction pledge. To ask...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to place restrictions on United Kingdom trade with Israeli settlements.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to prohibit the importation of goods from Israeli settlements to the United Kingdom unless they are certified by the Palestinian Authority...

      Offences against Children: Rotherham

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure the protection of vulnerable children, particularly in Rotherham, in the face of recent cuts in the budget of South Yorkshire...

      Offences against Children: Rotherham

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to ensure that South Yorkshire Police carry out the recommendations in the report by Professor Alexis Jay Independent Inquiry...

      Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the outcomes of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe Ministerial Council Meeting held in Basel on 4 and 5 December; and what...

      Outdoor Education

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the main barriers for schools in developing wider learning outside the classroom programmes.

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to ensuring that international aid for the purposes of education in Pakistan is not used to further the discrimination of...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held discussions with the European Union concerning the case for reversing its policy of trying to isolate and topple Hamas, in the light...

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of Christians in Gaza.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what temporary arrangements have been made for the homeless in Gaza over this and succeeding winters.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the value to the Palestinian economy of the employment of Palestinians by Israeli companies in the West Bank.

      Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to encourage Hamas to co-operate with international aid agencies in the reconstruction of civilian property.

      Parkinson’s Disease: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people in the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease have access to a full range of treatment options.

      Parkinson’s Disease: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about access to Duodopa for people in the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease; and what responses they have made.

      Parkinson’s Disease: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect NHS England to take a decision regarding the draft clinical commissioning policy for Duodopa. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how NHS...

      Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent report of the International Labour Organisation on changes in real wages in the United Kingdom compared to those in...

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have given guidance to local authorities regarding the installation of shared space pedestrian crossings. To ask Her Majesty’s Government...

      Peers

      To ask the Chairman of Committees (1) how many Members of the House of Lords are over 70 years of age in each of the following categories: Conservative; Labour; Liberal Democrat; other, and (2)...

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current annual cost to the Exchequer of tax relief at the standard and higher rates of tax respectively on contributions to private pensions.

      Post Offices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the reduction in the Post Office network on its ability to meet its obligation to provide a universal postal...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the budget for providing courses for indeterminate sentence prisoners convicted of (1) sex offences, and (2) other offences, in each of the last...

      Prisons: Publications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to comply with the High Court ruling that the ban on sending books to prisoners in England and Wales is unlawful.

      Private Equity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce any further transparency requirements for companies owned or substantially owned by private equity funds.

      Private Equity

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any representations from investors in private equity funds on the increase in fees paid by portfolio companies to the operators of...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the underspend of the Ministry of Defence in the financial years 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14 and prospectively...

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value of Barnett consequentials paid to the Northern Ireland Executive for the last three years for which figures are available.

      Public Footpaths

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect footpaths and rights of way in England.

      Public Sector: Car Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which groups of employees in the public sector are reimbursed for official use of private cars at a higher rate than 45 pence per mile and why.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the annual cost of paying the Living Wage across the public sector.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total United Kingdom public pension liability.

      Pupil Exclusions: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , for each year since 2010, what percentage of exclusions from (1) maintained schools, and (2) academy schools, related to disabled pupils with or without...

      Pupil Exclusions: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , for each year since 2010 what was the average time for (1) a permanently excluded disabled pupil with a Special Educational Need (SEN), and (2) a...

      Qatar

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of the ill-treatment of North Korean labourers working in building World Cup facilities in Qatar; and whether they...

      Rare Diseases Advisory Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a report on the work of the Rare Diseases Advisory Group, indicating the extent to which its recommendations have influenced the...

      Rare Diseases Advisory Group

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have received from NHS England’s Rare Diseases Advisory Group.

      Regeneration Investment Organisation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for further development of the Regeneration Investment Organisation over (1) the next two years, (2) the next five years, and (3) the...

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost to the Exchequer incurred in training HM Revenue and Customs officers in Northern Ireland in the use of vehicle stop and...

      Rspca

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the legal aid budget in 2012, 2013 and 2014 has been spent reimbursing the RSPCA. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the legal aid...

      Rspca

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times in 2012, 2013 and 2014 the Crown Prosecution Service has either taken over or forced discontinuation of a private prosecution brought by the RSCPA.

      Rspca

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times Ministers in the Ministry of Justice have met RSPCA representatives in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to discuss with the government of Russia the issues of freedom of expression and variety of opinions in the media there, in the light of...

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report from Human Rights Watch on the effect of the 2013 law banning gay “propaganda” in Russia on the incidence of...

      Schools: Drinks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the health and behavioural effects of the sale of sugar-based drinks in schools.

      Schools: Registration

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of unregistered schools in England; in which local authority area or areas they are primarily located; how many...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many and what proportion of those affected by the benefit cap since its introduction are in receipt of (1) Employment Support Allowance, (2) Income...

      Social Services: Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total budget allocated by each appropriate department to support the education and training of non-regulated care staff in each of the last...

      Sports: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in the Consumer Rights Bill to ensure that sports fans buying tickets through secondary markets have a right to basic information...

      St Helena

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in securing direct air access to St Helena.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the changes in the rate of the stamp duty on the prices of houses worth less than £1 million.

      Stem Cells

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 December (HL3090), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s Scientific and Clinical...

      Student Wastage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to Written Answer by Earl Howe on 16 December (HL3361), what was the projected attrition rate for each Higher Education Institution expressed as a...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the International Criminal Court’s Chief Prosecutor about her announcement on 12 December that she was halting...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of an embargo against relief aid and supplies for the Kurdish majority cantons of northern Syria; and what steps...

      Tanks

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many main battle tanks, either serviceable or useable at short notice, are presently available to the British Army.

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there has been an increase between September 2013 and September 2014 in the number of statutorily homeless households placed in temporary accommodation...

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to uprate the Housing Benefit Subsidy regime for temporary accommodation to address any difficulties experienced by London boroughs in...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much financial compensation was paid out in respect of criminal damage and criminal injuries as a result of terrorist activity in Great Britain for...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much financial compensation was paid out in respect of criminal damage and criminal injury claims lodged between 1970 and 1998 as a result of the...

      Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Metropolitan Police in their February 2013 Report “Ticket Crime”, and in particular the...

      Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to achieve the core Department for Business, Innovation and Skills mission statement objective of increasing transparency and...

      Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to investigate the number of tickets available for sale on the secondary market for the Ashes Test at Lords in 2015 which comply with the...

      Tickets: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the remarks by Baroness Neville-Rolfe during the Report Stage of the Consumer Rights Bill on 19 November that “there is fraud in the...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long it will take to procure an armed long-range anti-submarine warfare system and maritime surveillance capability, based on an unmanned aircraft,...

      Vending Machines

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the vending machine industry regarding the introduction of new coins and the costs to business it may entail.

      Veterans: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 3 December (HL2639), when and how the outstanding balance of the £100 million veterans...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, on 10 December (HC Deb, cols 891–3), what was the tendering...

      Welfare Assistance Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations responded to the consultation on Local Welfare Assistance funding published on 10 October.

      Work Experience

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage and support the remuneration of internships.

      World War I: Debts

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are making to repay outstanding debt from the First World War; and to whom the repayments will be made.

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